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REDWOOD CITY EDUCATION FOUNDATION

aka RCEF   |   Redwood City, CA   |  http://www.rcef.org

Mission

Our mission is to improve the academic performance of underserved students in the Redwood City School District. By helping schools provide the necessary tools for students to learn, we help students improve their ability to meet math and literacy proficiency standards, thereby reducing enrollment in remedial courses and increasing their likelihood of meaningful success in high school and beyond.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Sara Alexander

Main address

PO Box 3046

Redwood City, CA 94063 USA

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EIN

94-2903141

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

School districts in San Mateo County receive very different levels of funding. Some neighboring districts have more than twice the resources for public education as the Redwood City School District; similarly, within the Redwood City School District, there is huge disparity. These inequities make it more challenging for our district to create the very best conditions for learning for all students - like small classes for early learners and retaining great teachers. Our funds help close the gap between the resources our district receives and the true cost of educating our students. We focus on the schools with the highest percentage of unduplicated pupil count. Our funds are used to help the most underserved students in the district.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Equity Fund

The Redwood City Education Foundation ensures students receive an equitable, high-quality education in Redwood City School District. Our programs will enable the organization to improve academic outcomes for underserved students through mental health services, social-emotional learning, and educational support. Continued support from Oracle will also cover essential staffing and operating costs.

Population(s) Served
Students
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Equity Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Contingent on student enrollment in schools.

Average number of dollars per person served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Equity Fund

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Amount of investment is needed to support one student's academic, social-emotional, mental health, and enrichment programs.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Equity Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Equity Fund

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

RCEF offers financial support, advocates for more resources and evidence-based practices, and engages directly with the community. These combined efforts support under-resourced schools, helping to create vibrant, thriving learning environments. As the learning environment at the school improves with an infusion of needed resources, RCEF anticipates that students will become more engaged on campus and in the classroom, develop critical social-emotional skills, and increase their overall academic performance.

We support students by investing in targeted programs that improve reading and math scores and strengthen student engagement and social-emotional learning.

​We advocate for increases in per-pupil funding for all schools in RCSD by driving coalitions to support policies impacting underserved students and monitoring revenue-generating opportunities.

We engage with the community to better understand the needs of schools and families. We share learning and best practices by creating opportunities for connections between families and schools.

As a result of the Theory of Change process, RCEF is focused on the following themes: 1) the importance of emphasizing equity, 2) the need for strong relations with parents and schools, 3) greater brand definition, and 4) the infusion of more resources into the most under-resourced schools. With this perspective, RCEF seeks to address the inequity and reduce disparities in student outcomes. RCEF is focused on improving the mental health and academic outcomes of underserved students.

The Redwood City Education Foundation has a strong board of directors representing the various sectors of the Silicon Valley community coupled with experienced leadership.

We have deep connections with our school district and the broader community.

As the only nonprofit organization raising funds for all of our schools, the Redwood City Education Foundation is uniquely positioned to advocate for equitable funding to support public education in our city.

Since 1983 the Redwood City Education Foundation, with the support of our community, has provided resources to the Redwood City School District to help lessen the impact of funding inequities. We will continue to provide gap funding and to advocate for our students until California provides full and fair funding to our schools.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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REDWOOD CITY EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 11/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alana Ballon

Wiz

Term: 2023 - 2025

John Baker

Redwood City School District

Ann Hynecek

The HELLO Studio

Otoniel Escobar

Zoox

Lilli Milton

Homeless Prenatal Program

Patricia Ortiz

Venture Leadership Consulting

Ben Packer

Google

Jessica Tsang

Education Consultant

Michael Bolander

County of San Mateo

Katie Chneg

Meta

Laura Lind

Stanford University

Jessica Osaki

Google

Mimi Turner

Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp)

Chelsea Vargas

WelbeHealth

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/8/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/08/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.